Summarizing a Non-fiction Text

From the SMART Exchange: "Using a Time for Kids article, students will highlight the important details and then use the details to create a summary. The topic sentence will include the main idea."  Requires a free membership to SMART Exchange. This resource provides a simple-to-use template that can be adapted for any kind of non-fictional informational text (article, blog, etc) that fits well on a projection screen.  In this format, teachers can collect students' main ideas and present them on the screen, or point out features of an informational text to guide students to employ effective reading strategies.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.4.4
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.6
Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently,...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.7
Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.3
Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.
GLE 0301.6.1
Apply appropriate reading strategies to comprehend informational texts.
GLE 0301.6.2
Recognize the different features of informational texts (e.g., separate text boxes, diagrams, captions, charts, graphs).
GLE 0401.1.2
Demonstrate knowledge of strategies and resources to determine the definition, pronunciation, and usage of words and phrases.
GLE 0401.6.1
Apply skills and strategies to comprehend informational texts.
GLE 0401.6.2
Recognize the different text features of informational texts (e.g., separate text boxes, diagrams, captions, charts, graphs).
GLE 0401.8.1
Use active comprehension strategies to derive meaning while reading and check for understanding after reading.
SPI 0401.2.1
Identify the main idea and supporting points of a speech.
SPI 0401.4.2
Rank the reliability of sources on a given topic.
SPI 0401.6.2
Identify the stated main idea and supporting details in text.
SPI 0401.6.6
Use available text features (e.g., graphics and illustrations) to make meaning from text.
SPI 0401.7.2
Identify the main idea in a visual image.
TSS.ELA.4.FL.F.5
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
TSS.ELA.4.RI.CS.6
Compare and contrast two accounts of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.
TSS.ELA.4.RI.IKI.7
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it...
TSS.ELA.4.RI.IKI.8
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
TSS.ELA.4.RI.RRTC.10
Read and comprehend stories and informational texts throughout the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding at the high end as needed.
TSS.ELA.4.RL.CS.6
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated.
TSS.ELA.4.RL.IKI.7
Make connections between the print version of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the same text.
TSS.ELA.4.RL.RRTC.10
Read and comprehend stories and poems throughout the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding at the high end as needed.
TSS.ELA.4.SL.CC.3
Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.
 
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Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding

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